Norfolk, VA. - July 17, 2003 - Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's urology program has earned a place in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of America's Best Hospitals. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's urology program was listed 41st from among the nation's top 50 urology programs in the country.
Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks 17 specialties by combining the scores (U.S. News Index) of three equally weighted quality indicators: reputation, mortality rate, and a group of care-related factors.
Sentara's Chief Medical Officer Rodney F. Hochman, M.D. said, "We are honored to be recognized in U.S. News & Word Report's elite ranking for urology. It's very satisfying to know that our doctors and staff are offering patients access to some of the finest urology care found in the nation here at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital."
Sentara's urology specialty ranked 41st in the country from among the top 50 urology programs nationally. Debuting in the 2003 survey, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's urology program is one of only two such programs in Virginia and the only urology program in northeastern North Carolina to be honored.
"Our urology department continues to grow in stature, outcomes, and reputation within the medical community. Being honored by U.S. News & World Report is testament to the doctors' and staff's hard work in helping increasing numbers of patients every year," notes Hochman.
Better than expected mortality rates, favorable nurse-to-bed ratios, and strong technology scores contributed to the ranking.
"We are delighted to be named in such a prestigious ranking which recognizes the world-class urology care we have provided our patients for more than 30 years," said Gerald H. Jordan, M.D., urologist with Devine-Tidewater Urology, Ltd. and chair of the department of urology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
About the Survey
This year marks the 14th annual edition of "America's Best Hospitals" survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. From 6,003 hospitals evaluated, 203 this year received recognition in 17 specialties. Scores (U.S. News Index) are derived from three equally weighted measures of quality: reputation, mortality and a group of care-related factors such as nursing and technology. The 50 top-ranking hospitals in each specialty are listed.
The methodology for "America's Best Hospitals" was created in 1993 by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, which reviews and updates the methodology as necessary.
Urology at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's urology program is among the nation's busiest for pelvic and reconstructive surgery. Only a select few medical centers perform complex genital and reconstructive surgery including treatment of Peyronie's disease, pelvic organ prolapse, traumatic urethral injuries, and urinary incontinence.
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's urology program has become known as one of the leading programs to treat these complex urological disorders. National and international research and advanced techniques including minimally invasive surgery and robotics also mark the program.